Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano news & activity updates:
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano (Tonga Islands): eruption breaches surface, ash plume forces airlines to divert flights
Monday Jan 12, 2015 12:29 PM | VON: T
Forcasted volcanic ash plume from the Hunga Haapai volcanic eruption (VAAC Wellington)The submarine eruption has apparently breached the surface. A steam and possibly ash plume was reported to have reached up to 30,000 ft (10 km) above sea level today and yesterday, New Zealand's VAAC Wellington reported, based on pilots' observations.
According to local news, the domestic Real Tonga airline cancelled some flights in the area. Unconfirmed reports mention ash fall on Ha'apai Island. An Air New Zealand flight bound to Tonga was diverted to Samoa.
Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015
Activity continues, but seems not to have breached the surface (for now). Recent satellite imagery with clear views show a discolored water plume and a steam plume but no ash, suggesting that that the activity is still well below the surface. ... [mehr]
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014
A new submarine eruption started at the shallow submarine volcano off Tongatapu island in the Tonga archipelago. ... [mehr]
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009
A new eruption is taking place in the Tonga islands in the South Sea, between the small islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai, which are the tiny suaerial parts of a large underwater volcano located about 30 km SSE of Falcon Island. The last eruptions in this area were reported in 1912, 1937 and 1988. ... [mehr]